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Clinton Presidential Center Presents: “From Blue to Red: The Rise of the GOP in Arkansas”

Join us on Monday, March 4 at noon as the Clinton Presidential Center Presents “From Blue to Red: The Rise of the GOP in Arkansas” with author John C. Davis who will discuss his new book. 

Register here to attend the program in person at the Clinton Presidential Center or to tune in live online.

From Blue to Red” offers a fascinating look at how Arkansas went from being one of the country’s most solidly Democratic states to one of its most ardently Republican in just a few years.  

Davis provides a rigorous study of this partisan shift, tracking changes in voter preference at the top of the ticket in the 1960s, generational replacement in Arkansas’ political power structure in the 1990s, and the emergence of a more nationalized and polarized electorate in the 2000s, among other developments. 

Davis serves as executive director of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the University of Arkansas’s Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He is an associate teaching professor in the Fulbright College’s department of political science. 

Before joining the Pryor Center, Davis served on the faculty at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He was also the director of governmental relations and coordinated the university’s legislative initiatives at the local, state, and federal government levels, serving as institutional liaison to members of the Arkansas General Assembly, the governor’s office, and state agencies. 

In 2022, Davis completed a five-year gubernatorial appointment to the Arkansas Rural Development Commission, where he served as vice chair. He has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications on state politics.  

An eighth-generation Arkansan, Davis is a graduate of the Delta Regional Authority Delta Leadership Institute and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Authentic Leadership programs. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in political science from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. 

Clinton Presidential Center Presents is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation, Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, and Clinton Presidential Library.